From the Baron & Baroness – First Update

Unto the Populace of Rowany do Baroness Ameline and Baron Miles send warmest greetings.

It has been an exciting month! And a busy one. It has been great to see so many of you at events both near and far.

A month ago, we stepped up as Baroness & Baron. This was a wonderful event stewarded by Sigvald and team. We were especially impressed by the delicious repast created by Lady Tatya and her team, created in such difficult conditions. Thank you also to Lady Annabel for her organisation of the Agincourt carol. We were also very pleased to witness the elevation of Mistress Clara van de Maes to the Order of the Laurel.

In the last month we have had two demos, one at the Blacktown Medieval Fair, and more recently, at Supanova. Great thanks to Skarpathan for his organisation of these, and all of those who volunteered their time. We had a great time at the Blacktown demo, and it was good to be able to include Combat Archery in the display for the first time.

We were pleased to accept the kind invitation to attend Dismal Fog’s Panther Hunt event. This was an archery focused event. It was good to see members of our Barony travelling to visit our near neighbours. Special thanks to the Bunny Rabbit, the Dragon & the Panther.

Further afield, we also travelled to Great Northern War. The Northern Reaches as always put on a wonderful event, and we are sure that those others from Rowany who travelled there also enjoyed it as much as we did. Lots of good fighting, good company, and also lots of fire.

Last night we had our first Baronial event within our tenure, the Pheast of the Pheasant in our Canton of Okewaite. It was good to see many travellers from central Rowany & Stowe, and also some guests from Politarchopolis. Thank you to Cristoval for providing such marvelous food – including an item or two for the more adventurous to try. At this event we were pleased to recognise Lady Helouys of Politarchopolis with a Silver Cinquefoil for her work for the Barony, especially in Okewaite; also Lady Bella Rose of Okewaite for work on Flanders costume with Rowan Berries; and also recognising the exemplary courtesy of Baroness Alys Dietsch with the Order of the Dovetail.

In the next month, we will be travelling both to the Stormhold Investiture on the 21st of June, and Midwinter Coronation in Politarchopolis on the 5-6th of July. Closer to home, the College of St Ursula is hosting College War at Glenfield, and also Stowe on the Wowld will be holding their Ludi Natalis Birthday Feast on the 19th of July. We hope to see many of you at these events.

In Rowany’s new monthly A&S Challenge and Display, as organised by Mistress Clara, in the month of June we are looking at both Cooking and also Music – two great categories that we hope to see many members participate in. July will follow with Plants & Herbs, and Textiles & Fibre Arts – so start thinking about what you might like to try for those areas as well.

We are currently working on getting the Barony’s award records into a form that they can be displayed on the website. Please don’t forget to recommend to us those members of the Barony that you feel are worthy of recognition.

Ameline et Miles

VENUE Tues Nights – Latest Information

Unto the populace,

With pleasure I present the latest venue information for Tuesday Night activities:

Arts and Sciences, including singers, dancers and bring-a-project remain at Herb Greedy Hall, 76 Petersham Rd, Marrickville, NSW, 220.

Fighter Practice, both Heavy and Fencing, new venue location is: Addison Rd Community Centre 142 Addison Road, Marrickville NSW 2204. This is to be the new permanent venue. The time for Petersham Town Hall renovations was extended so we needed to search for a new venue and this is the one, enjoy!

YiS,
Jan

P.S. As usual, venue info, links and maps are also available on the Addresses and Maps page

Rowany Baronial Changeover – May 17 (Updated 4/5/2014)

The Barony of Rowany shows the best of its wealth and bounty as we thank Loyola and Annora for their service to the Barony and Crown, and welcome their successors. There will be a tournament in the morning, followed by a hunt and a ball, with the stepping down of their Excellencies followed by a sumptuous feast and the investiture of our new Baroness and Baron, Ameline and Miles.

Timetable:

Here is the timetable for Rowany Baronial Changeover on may 17 as it currently stands (4/5/2014):

A mixed heavy, rapier and cut & thrust pas d’armes will be held in the morning, with lists opening at 10:30 and will conclude around 2pm.
There will also be a dance practice from 12-2.
Afterwards there will be a ball from until 5, followed by the final court and divestiture of their excellencies Annora and Mendoza.
The feast hall will open at 6pm, with the investiture of Ameline and Miles at 6:30.
First main remove will be at 7pm with Royal court at approximately 7:30.
Light refreshments will be provided throughout the day, with lunch being a pot-luck affair, please bring something to share.

Venue:

Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville NSW 2204

Date:

Saturday May 17th

Bookings:

Contact Sigvald Sviðanda at alex.selth@gmail.com with your name, SCA name, membership details and any dietary requirements.
Please book as soon as possible to ensure we can plan the event for everyone’s enjoyment. It will be a great day!

EDIT 4/5/2014: Early bookings will close midnight Tuesday 6th May. Bookings are capped as well, and we’re currently at 99 bookings, so book now to avoid disappointment. If you have not received an email from me regarding your booking, I have not received it.

Prices:

$35 Members pre-booked (add $5 event insurance fee for non-members)
$25 Off-board rate
$25 Helpers
$45 Late booking

 

GST for Event Stewards

Unto the Populace of Rowany does the Reeve send Greetings,

It has been brought to my attention that there is some confusion over how to calculate the GST component for event reporting.

The good news is there’s not much calculation required by you. The total amount collected from the event fee (Cell E27) is divided by 11 to create a value in cell J28 (GST collected).

To fill out “GST paid”, add up the amount of GST you paid from receipts or invoices (hall hire, food, miscellaneous) and enter it there. Remember that the original receipts or invoices must still go to the Reeve for filing and double checking purposes.

“GST Liability” should automatically be calculated by the spreadsheet. If not, the liability is the difference between the amount of GST collected and the amount of GST paid (or, in spreadsheet cell terms “=J28-J29″).

I hope this clarifies the matter satisfactorily.

Yours in Service

Jean-Christophe le Saussier

Reeve.

Financial Policy Version 1.1 Available – Suggested Reading

To the Populous of Rowany,

We tend to have quite a lot of activities in the Barony. Many of these involve money as not much comes for free and people / organisations expect to get paid for things like venue hire.

Anyone dealing with money in relation to any kind of activity within the Barony should be aware of and adhere to our financial policy. This will ensure you understand how things work, things run smoothly, and everyone is happy (especially our Reeve whose job is difficult enough, the tax man, our B&B, my mum…  you get the picture).

Version 1.1 of our Financial Policy can be found at the following link:

http://rowany.lochac.sca.org/files/2014/02/Rowany-Financial-Policy-v1.1.pdf

Thanks to our Reeve, Jean-Christophe le Saussier, for creating this document.

YiS,
Jan

P.S.  All finance related posts (including those with other documents such as templates) can be found by using this site’s category Barony – Finances

Poll / Survey – Baronial Heirs – Pick Your Candidate

Greetings to the Barony of Rowany,

After much discussion the time has come to select the baronial heirs. Below you will find a link to a brief survey which will inform their Majesties of the preferred candidates of the populace. The Poll will remain open for 14 days closing on the night of the 27th of Feb (11:59 pm). Their Majesties will announce their decision shortly there after.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GR2WFCD

YIS

Alfgeirr Agnarsson
Returns officer

Information Regarding The Poll For Helping Choose Our Next Baron and / or Baroness

Greetings to the Barony of Rowany,

As we all know, their excellencies Loyola and Annora will soon be stepping down as Baron and Baroness of Rowany. Our Barony is strong and we are fortunate that 4 candidates have stepped forward who are willing to lead our barony into this new era. In recent weeks there have been several forums in which we have had the opportunity to talk to the candidates and hear their visions for the future of Rowany.

I have been asked by their Majesties and their Excellencies to conduct a poll to advise them of the wishes of the populace in choosing the next Baron &/or Baroness. This poll will be conducted via survey monkey. Unfortunately due to my mundane schedule this will be happening this Thursday rather than on the 10th (today) as previously advertised. I apologise for this but it is unavoidable.

In the mean time, should you have any comments to share with their majesties regarding the candidates they can be sent to:
crown (AT) lochac.sca.org

Please forward this message to any other relevant Rowany lists if I have missed them.

YIS

THL Alfgeirr Agnarsson

UPDATE 2014-02-14: The poll / Survey is now available – Please see this post

Newcomers Event Details (15 Mar 2014)

To the people of Rowany does Lord Anton de Stoc sends greetings, and news!

The Barony of Rowany will be holding it’s traditional Newcomers Event, at
Marrickville Town Hall on Saturday, 15 March 2014.

The hall will open at 12 for an afternoon of classes involving dance,
making clothes, song and other diverse activities.

The feast itself will be starting at 6pm, with a Persian theme.

Any persons with dietary requirements are requested to contact the Steward
well in advance, so they can be suitably fed.

Prices and Bookings:

First event, $10
Helper Price, $20 (ie musicians, cooks, hall setup etc)
Standard price, $30
Children under 7, free
Children 8-17, $10

Non member insurance surcharge, $5
Unbooked, $10 surcharge if other than 1st event.

Bookings close 1 March 2014

Please send bookings and any dietary requirements to rowanynewcomersbookings (AT) gmail.com

Small Print

If you need to ask if it’s your first event, it’s your first event.

If you would like to help with cleanup, talk to Skarpethin ( dlcharlier (AT) gmail.com )

If you would like to help with classes, talk to Sigvald. ( alex.selth (AT) gmail.com )

If you’d like to help in the kitchen, talk to the steward before the cooks come at you with cleavers. ( PlantLauren (AT) gmail.com )

Please feel free to cross post this! Newcomers is an awesome event. Bring a friend!

Candidate Introduction – Torg

Torold o Hawkhurst (Sir Torg)I am Torold o Hawkhurst more commonly known as just Torg or Sir Torg.

I joined the SCA as an overseas member about 1979 was marshal for 2 years and was a founding member of the Barony of Rowany in April 1982 when we became the Barony of Rowany in what was later the Crown Principality of Lochac and then a Kingdom. I was senechal of Rowany for 2 years from 1983 to 1985 and first Baron of Rowany for 5 years from 1991 to 1996. I had as Baroness Lindoret of Byrn Myrdyn my wife Linda. Prior to 1991 I was reeve of Hawksreach for 2 years. Hawksreach was a pre Stowe group with the same boundaries as Stowe. In recent years I was senechal of Stowe for 2 years. I am a Knight and a Pelican and am excellent as the Crown gave me a Court Barony. Hard to compress 34 years.

Why am I standing (again and without a Baroness)? An excellent question and the answer is because I have the skills to enhance some part of the Barony that I feel do not operate at peeks they have attained in the past and can surpass in the future. As a slice of the past a Barony should be all things to all people as a place of excellence where all aspects of the SCA are fostered. We have the arts and sciences in all their forms, we have the arts martial in all their forms. All are of value and require that touch of immediate encouragement and recognition that only a B&B can bestow. It not a Tango it does not require 2.

I see the role of the Baron as including active leadership to various goals. These goal are the peoples goals but they are sorted and give a priority and this is leadership of the type I like to run. Joint goals but with a facilitator.

I think I can enhance the Baronial presence at Court and in ceremony. To respect a figurehead they must be worthy of respect and they must act to enhance that effect. The Baron and Baroness are the constant Royal presence in the Barony they are always worthy of great respect and they must foster this separation of roles from them as people and friends and them as the B&B. I feel Rowany needs to enhance the “hats on”effect and become less of the great Australian dream of we are all the same. Perhaps that is true but the SCA is built of the fact that in the SCA it MUST not be true.

In then end I would like to be Baron again. I know I would be good at it BUT if I miss out I hope that I have at least shown where I feel this Barony can go to attain even greater renown.

Torg o Hawkhurst [lots or titles and rewards]

Candidates Introduction – Táriq And Juliana

Juliana de NorthwoodJuliana de Northwood

I started re-enactment in 1997 when asked to be a bridesmaid at a medieval themed wedding. I needed to learn some dances, so went to the Wellington Medieval Guild (WMG) for 6 weeks and never left. I was associated with the SCA (Darchester, now Darton) from 1997 – 2008 and, an SCA financial member of Rowany since 2008. I have also been fortunate enough to be associated with 3 jousting groups, Order of the Boar (NZ), Full Tilt Jousting (Lithgow, NSW), and Nova Hollandia (Newcastle, NSW).

Since joining the SCA I have become an active member of the Royal Lochac Guild of Defense where I have gained the rank of Provost. I also enjoy a range of other activities. My first passion is fibre and spinning, and I am somewhat addicted to spindles, spinning wheels and wool. Additionally I have learned to silk paint in an effort to contribute, tablet weave, fingerloop braid and improve my sewing skills, all thanks to a number of people who have taken the time to teach me.

In my mundane life, I work for a charity putting life-saving medical equipment into the paediatric public health system. I am also a keen scuba diver.

Táriq ibn Jelal ibn Ziyadatallah al-NaysábúríTáriq ibn Jelal ibn Ziyadatallah al-Naysábúrí

My SCA / re-enactment involvement began in Dismal Fogs in 1991, where I held several offices and was quite an active combat archer. I became involved with fencing when classes started at UNSW in 1998, and lost my will to shoot heavies soon after that. I moved to Rowany in 2000, and have become heavily involved in the local fencing group as one of the founders of the Rowany Guild School. Since then I have played the prize for Guildmaster of Fence, was elevated as Lochac’s first Don, and in 2010 was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for my fencing research and teaching.

Since joining the SCA I have held the local offices of herald, chronicler and seneschal, served as the Lochac Rapier Marshal for 3 years, the Lochac Lord Guildmaster of Fence for 4 years, White Scarf Secretary for 2 years, the Lochac representative to the SCA Period Combat Committee for 3 years, and served as the Drop Dead Deputy to the Society Rapier Marshal for the last 2½ years. Outside the SCA I have been the Training Officer (marshal equivalent) of NVG Mountains Garrison for 2 years, the National Secretary of NVG Inc for a year, and the principal instructor of Italian fencing systems at Stoccata School of Defence, Sydney for the last 7 years. Aside from my fencing passion, I also enjoy period cooking, and exploring Middle-Eastern and Italian Renaissance clothing and culture.

Mundanely I lead the Regulatory Compliance group for a multinational pharmaceutical company.

Why We Want To Do It

The Society has given both of us many good friends and a lot of support throughout the years to achieve success in various activities. We see this as an excellent way to pay back this support we have received over the years. We also believe the Barony of Rowany is a vibrant barony with a versatile and broad spectrum membership. We have recently heard the SCA being described as “the cheapest martial arts club you can get”, which does not sit well with either of us as this does not correlate with our experiences within The Society. We believe we have the proven skills, experience and leadership capability to foster all aspects of the Society, be it combat, arts & sciences or service. This will help deliver a richer, more diverse experience for the members of the Barony, allowing for fuller and greater participation within the Society for the current and future members of the Barony.